About the Author

Rabbi Tzvi Sytner

Rabbi Tzvi Sytner grew up in Los Angeles, CA and earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State College, a Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport, and a Master's degree as a Marriage and Family Therapist at Touro University. He has delivered inspiring lectures worldwide, including South Africa, Australia, and of course Israel. While studying in Israel, Rabbi Sytner received his Rabbinic Ordination from The Jerusalem Kollel under Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits, and led Shabbos programs for over 1000 college students on Birthright. He currently has a popular video blog on Aish.com, titled, "Just Breathe" viewed by over 8,500 per month, and is a Rabbi at the Village Shul in Toronto, Canada.

The Shema: Why We Cover Our Eyes

I discovered the answer when our baby was rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening emergency.

Yom Kippur: The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the only way to live with the past without being held prisoner by it.

Rosh Hashanah: The Time Is Now

The High Holidays serve as a powerful reminder not to take your time for granted.

Contacting the Pilot: How to Make Life More Meaningful

True story about our lost suit bag and a random photo of a pilot.

The Jewish Definition of Success

Talents are the gifts God gives us. How we use those talents are the gifts we give back to God.

How to Stop Self-Sabotage

It starts by facing your underlying fear.

How to have a Happier Marriage

It’s all in the details. Identify.

Do You and Your Spouse Ever Argue? Watch This

How to achieve unity in your marriage without uniformity.

How to Overcome Rejection & Failure

Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times.

Will Smith & Jumping to Freedom

Passover and the exhilaration of letting go.

Aging Solutions: Is There a Problem?

Age is all mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

What Do We Need to be Happy?

Our natural state is happiness.

Instead of Giving Up, Remember the Exodus

Freedom, the burning bush and the incredible true story of Glenn Cunningham.

Rosh Hashanah: Breaking the Walls

This the time of the year to reach out to that neighbor, co-worker or relative, regardless of our differences.

Remembering God’s Promise

God kept His word and took us out of Egypt. That sense of hope has carried us throughout Jewish history.

How to Transform Your High Holidays

A moving story about a young man, an old Jew and a poetry contest.

Passover: Seeing The True You

Breaking free from your inner slave mentality.

Fighting Terrorism

They tried to bury us, but they didn’t realize that we are seeds.

The Power of a Tiny Flame

Small miracles make a great impact.

The Ferguson Riots: A Non-Political Lesson

What is the connection between anger and looting?

Reach Out for Help

Don’t be afraid to show your weakness in order to let people help.

Think Ahead First

If you could change anything this upcoming new year, what would it be?

Our Waze or His Ways

Technology and the illusion of control.

Making the Sacrifice

What are you willing to give up for your beliefs? A lesson from Israeli soldiers.

Stop Complaining

And do something about it instead.

Israel’s Rollercoaster

With Hamas rockets raining down on Israel, we must continue our efforts on the spiritual front.

Uniting Together

The Jewish people are responding to the kidnapping as one family.

Accepting Torah: Burden or Opportunity?

Why did we take on these restrictive commandments after finally becoming free?

Sterling Words

Lessons from the Donald Sterling brouhaha.

Passover: Never Give Up Hope

Why was sanctifying the new moon the first mitzvah the Jewish People received as a nation?

You’re Not Listening!

Men want to fix, women want to be heard.

Purim: Feeling Someone’s Pain

Where did Mordechai’s get the strength to sit for 10 years outside the palace?

Living in a Selfie World

Me and a 2000 pound bull who’s trying to gore me? Have we lost our sense of self in a selfie world?

The Super Bowl: Game Time

It’s not enough to just show up. Inspiration takes work.

Tu B'Shvat: Trees or Fruits?

We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.

Just Breathe: Work, Identity & Shabbat

Who are you without your titles and profession?

The Bottle Story

My 6-year-old daughter encounters some of the challenges in kindness.

Hanukkah: Never Give Up

The power of the menorah’s flame.

Just Breathe: Marriage & Stress

Challenges can strengthen our relationships.

Just Breathe: Cupcake Empowerment

What it means to be like God.

Just Breathe: How to Create a More Accepting World

Imagine a world where everyone really felt they were equal.

Just Breathe: Security & Sukkot

From where do you get your sense of security?

Just Breathe: Endless Potential

On Rosh Hashanah we celebrate our potential greatness.

Just Breathe!

A new video blog on Jewish tools for spiritual growth.

Shema Yisrael & the Motorcyclist

The meaning of proclaiming God’s unity.

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